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Hey, So Why is Today Called the “Non-Waiver” Trade Deadline Anyway?

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Today’s deadline is called the “non-waiver” trade deadline, which we often refer to colloquially as simpely, “Trade Deadline.” It comes at 3pm CT today, and it is something of a holiday in the baseball world.


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But what’s that “non-waiver” part about? We’ll get into far greater detail when August “waiver” trades can be made, but, for today, I thought I’d answer for those who didn’t know and didn’t want to ask.

The reason today’s deadline is called the “non-waiver” trade deadline is because it is the final day on which teams can make trades without having to go through the waiver process – a complicated procedure that can dramatically cut down on the ability of teams to easily make trades. Although trades can and do occur in August (and September, for that matter), today’s deadline is considered the “Trade Deadline” because it tends to be the final day of the regular season during which you see lots and lots of trade activity. There is another trade deadline next month, but it is far less glamorous, and we’ll get there when we get there.

So, against that backdrop, prepare yourself for the Trade Deadline at 3pm CT today. Things happened throughout this month, but much more will happen today around the league. It’s pretty much a lock.


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The Cubs, of course, have already put together a major trade, reportedly picking up Justin Wilson and Alex Avila in a deal that should be finalized soon.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.